Medicinal Yogi Tea Recipe

Today I want to share something that has been a staple in my fridge for nearly 15 years.  In the video below I share my Yogi Tea recipe. 

I was first introduced to Yogi Tea at the SF Kundalini Yoga Ashram, where they serve it after every class.  One of my favorite Kundalini Yoga traditions is sharing tea after a wonderful class and meditation.

Yogi Tea is also known as Chai.  A popular drink in India for not only it’s taste but also it’s medicinal qualities.  There are many ways to make chai, so play around with ingredients, this recipe will give you a great start.

The beauty of making your own chai is two fold!  First you get to play with and accentuate the flavors and secondly, you get all the medicinal qualities without all the sugar, processing and packaging in store bought chai.

Not only is it delicious, health promoting and a great coffee subsitute, as you can see it is SUPER easy to make.

Health promoting in what way, you ask.  Well, in the science of yogic food preparation the spices are said to help in, among others, the following ways:

Black pepper: blood purifier;
Cardamom: digestive aid;
Cloves: nervous system and generate heat in the body;
Cinnamon: great for the bones;
Gingerroot: for colds, flu, physical weakness, digestion, increased potency;
Milk: aids in the easy assimilation of the spices by coating the stomach lining to avoid irritation; and
Black tea: gives a hint of a "pick me up" (remember it is optional).

And did I mention it is much, much less expensive to make your own, and with a much lighter footprint?  Two HUGE Billy bonus's in my opinion (who's billy and why is he giving a bonus you might ask, I don't know who he is but it is a saying we use in England, so now you know!)

I drained the first batch and put the spices back in with about 2/3 pan of water (minus the black tea bags).  I simmered for 45 minutes and added to the first batch.  Always add black tea bags at the end for the last 10-20 minutes.

Keep your chai in a glass jar in the fridge, it will store for a few weeks, if it lasts that long!  What I love is that once every 2-3 weeks I make a big pot, the cottage smells wonderful AND I have chai whenever I want.

Note, that since making this video, I no longer add black tea.  Even though I only used a couple of bags for a huge pot of chai, I do not drink caffeine, so now my chai is sans caffeine.  Of course you can choose caffeinated or not.

Want to foam up your milk like a barista chai?  Heat your milk and place in a small coffee press (must be the small one, bodum is one brand).  Only fill 1/3 full and insert the press and pump up and down, watch your milk “grow” in volume and get so creamy you can stand a spoon in it -delicious! 

You can also drink it cold over ice with milk, so very good on a hot summer day, outside as you read your book.

What teas do you enjoy?  Could you start making your favorite blend at home?  Let me know down below!

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